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    Grandma proudly posts granddaughter's tarpaulin on dilapidated house

    MANILA, Philippines – The photo of a tarpaulin, proudly announcing a young woman’s success after passing the board exam for mechanical engineers, goes viral as it is placed in front of a patched up, dilapidated house. By itself, the photo is inspiring enough, but the story behind it has warmed netizens’ hearts even more.
    Grandma proudly posts granddaughter's tarpaulin on dilapidated house

    Crystalle Mae Manalo shares the photo of the tarpaulin, proudly ordered by her grandma, Gloria Mamaradlo Manalo, when she passed the February 2020 Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examination.

    Grandma proudly posts granddaughter's tarpaulin on dilapidated house

    "Nanay: Okay lang kaya yan na sa barong barong natin ilagay yang tarpaulin mo? Makikita ng mga tao na tagpi-tagpi yung bahay natin?

    Me: Nay, yan ang pinakamagandang tagpi na nailagay natin. Salamat, Nay... sa lahat.”

    A lot of netizens were inspired by Crystalle’s outlook in life, especially because she wasn’t ashamed of posting that tarpaulin in front of their dilapidated house. Not that there’s something to be ashamed of, of course! This house might not be as ‘beautiful’ as the others, yet she found love in this home.

    Nanay Gloria happily posed for a photo with the tarpaulin
    Nanay Gloria happily posed for a photo with the tarpaulin, as requested by The Summit Express.

    It is also the place where Crystalle helped many other students struggling in their studies as she tutored them and helped them pass! According to this wonderful young woman, this is also the place where she and her group made their thesis.

    “Yun po nasa picture, tinitirahan namin ng lola ko at hindi ko kinakahiya yun.. Marami po ako kaklase na nagpapasalamat sa akin at doon sa puting lamesa na nasa picture.. Marami na po kasi ako naturuan doon.. Gawain ko po kasi turuan yung mga kaklase ko na medyo nahihirapan sa klase.. Doon rin po namin nagawa thesis namin,” Crystalle explained.

    Hardworking student

    Crystalle graduated with a degree in BS Mechanical Engineering from Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba as Academic Excellence Awardee!

    Grandma proudly posts granddaughter's tarpaulin on dilapidated house

    Thanks to Nanay Gloria, Crystalle was able to go to school. But this hardworking student also did her best to earn on her own, sharing that she’s a ‘proud tindera’.

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    “Nagtitinda po ako sa school.. Mejo nasanay na po ako nun bata pa lang ako kasi broken family po kami.. Naging single mom po si mama at hindi nya na ako kaya pa pag-aralin.. Kaya po inako na po ng lola ko ang responsibilidad,” Crystalle explained in an interview.

    “Naging scholar po ako nung first year to 3rd year.. Kaso po discount lang yun sa pagiging dean's lister ko po. Yung mga natitirang payments nairaos po dahil sa utang... yung nga extra po nun na bayarin like xerox or needed na school mats hindi ko na po pinapashoulder sa kanila.”

    Grandma proudly posts granddaughter's tarpaulin on dilapidated house

    She helped augment the family's income through selling but there were many times when she and the family had to take loans or make promissory notes for the tuition payment. Yet she remained positive in her outlook in life and, more importantly, she never felt ashamed of her humble abode. Truly, she is an inspiration!

    (Image credits: Crystalle Mae Manalo / Facebook)

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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